Representatives of fitness clubs in Vladimir and Kovrov asked their clients to share information about vaccination and willingness to get vaccinated. The electronic questionnaire was answered by 3,776 people, 78% of whom were residents of Vladimir and 20.2% were residents of Kovrov. The survey was conducted anonymously from July 11 to 14.
In the item “Have you been vaccinated against coronavirus,” 65.9% of respondents chose the option “No, and do not plan to.” Another 19% said they planned to get vaccinated, 7.4% received the first component, and 7.6% received both components (note that according to official information, over 14% of residents also received at least one component of the vaccine).
Separately, the authors of the survey asked clients about their position on the vaccination campaign. 34.8% of respondents said they were ready to avoid going to public places, but they would not get vaccinated. 23.9% did not rule out the possibility of getting vaccinated under the pressure of restrictive measures, 16.6% said they would not vaccinate, but would try to get a “confirmation” document. Only 12.9% chose the option “I vaccinated on my own initiative”.
According to Andrei Seran, head of Atmosphera fitness club in Vladimir, attendance at clubs after restrictions were introduced (entry only by PCR tests or vaccination certificates) dropped by 75%.
The survey also included the possibility of a variant of answers. The vast majority of respondents were anti-vaccination, considered the restrictions a violation of their rights, and considered the vaccine too suspicious. We randomly selected twenty comments:
- “I’m strongly against getting vaccinated.”
- “In contemplation,
- “I’m afraid to do it because of the many complications, but if I can’t go anywhere (do sports, take care of myself, go somewhere) I will either have to do it against my will, or somehow get a ‘confirming document’,
- “Time will tell.”
- “I’ll wait until the last.”
- “Don’t make up your mind yet.”
- “Haven’t done it and don’t plan to, as I don’t see the logic in it. A vaccinated person can be just as contagious as an unvaccinated one. That’s why such discrimination is not clear. If there is a risk to life and health, there should be a choice. To inject oneself with drugs that haven’t run out of clinical drugs”. , [note, apparently meaning “clinical trials”].
- “I’m not against vaccinations. But when you’re forced to have it, you have to think about it.”
- “I won’t do it but I want to live a normal life!!!”
- “Got over sick.”
- “I won’t vaccinate, any coercive measures are illegal.”
- “I’ll do it voluntarily.”
- “I will do it on my own initiative later, because I still have a high level of antibodies”,
- “I would do the vaccination after being examined and given the opportunity to choose the most appropriate vaccine (possibly an imported one),
- “Not fully tested yet, I’m afraid to do it,
- “I am on medical leave,
- “I can’t have the vaccine, I’ll take a medical leave to at least be able to work and not be forced to do it at work. I’ll have to forget about cafes and fitness for now,
- “I won’t do it as long as I can move around freely,
- “There are contraindications.”
- “I don’t want to get vaccinated. I’m waiting for the restrictions to be lifted.
ProVladimir checked in two ways possible vote tampering. First, we looked to see if there were no anomalies in response time (there were none), Second, we divided the responses by different fitness clubs, combining some of them into roughly equal groups of 500 – 650 responses. The percentages of responses for “inoculation” questions were also almost identical in the groups; there were no anomalies.
The survey designers also asked if fitness center visitors had contracted the coronavirus? Half responded in the affirmative. A separate survey asked about the form in which the visitors were ill, where most of the “sick” responded that they suffered from the disease in a mild or asymptomatic form. These answers do not allow conclusions to be made about the proportion of people who actually became ill. We can only assume that some of the vaccination opponents believe that the disease is over.
It is worth noting that the survey was conducted among people actively involved in sports, mostly young, with sufficient income and using the Internet. Unfortunately, the authors of the survey did not specify the gender, age, or level of education of the respondents. As it turned out, the percentage of “anti-vaccinationists” is slightly lower in fitness clubs with high subscription fees, and the proportion of those vaccinated is slightly higher there.
Recall that severe restrictions on visiting fitness clubs in the Vladimir region were introduced on July 12. Already on July 14, the vice-governor Alexander Remiga said that after meetings with representatives of the business community it was decided to postpone the introduction of tough measures until September 1. Entrepreneurs, in turn, agreed to comply with the strict preventive measures.